Hockey: Crown Point advances to state; Munster falls short
By Tommy Williams Post-Tribune correspondent March 4, 2013 9:02PM
Updated: April 6, 2013 6:22AM
For Crown Point High hockey fans, it’s business as usual.
For Munster fans, hey, you can’t win everything.
With their 4-4 tie against South Bend Adams on Sunday afternoon, the Bulldogs clinched a birth in the 2A state championship at Notre Dame this weekend.
The Mustangs could not match their boys basketball team’s sectional winning weekend by falling short of competing for their third state title after losing two of three games in the 4A semistate bracket.
The biggest goal of the weekend was scored by Crown Point’s leading scorer Mitch Witham. It allowed the Bulldogs to tie their final game against Adams and clinch a trip to the state finals.
Crown Point coach Brent Giffin said that goalie Robert Mazzaro, freshman defenseman Joel O’Shea and senior back-liners Bill Benning and Hobey Baker Award-winner Brett Gilbert had standout weekends for Crown Point.
“Of the three teams I’ve taken there (to state), this was the team that no one expected to do this well,” Giffen said. “To say that I’m proud would be a understatement.”
Munster’s undoing was penalties, including having to kill three five-on-three power plays in their first game, a 1-0 loss to Evansville.
“That’s been something that’s plagued us all season,” said Munster coach Rick Rubino. “We tried to battle through it but it cost us games.”
Munster’s only weekend win came in on Saturday, a 5-2 win over South Stars Blue.